Facilitating Student Motivation -- A perfect fit for Instructional Technology
Lisa Abate, Haley Steele, Trevor Bogard, Kelly Hutchings, University of Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
While current teacher education programs and school district in-services are preparing teachers to use technology as a means of instruction, they often overlook one very important area---how the instruction itself can be more motivating for students when technology removes the limitations of the classroom. The Hamlet Project is an online instructional unit created to assist teachers in motivating their students to read, comprehend, and develop their own interpretation of Hamlet. The design attempts to mitigate the negative attributions students may have toward the study of Hamlet by piquing their intrinsic interests. Students perform script analysis, experiment with production elements, and direct their own rendition of Hamlet. This paper describes the theory behind the design decisions made in the development of this unit in order to explore the possibilities of using motivational theory as a key element in the design of instructional technology.
Abate, L., Steele, H., Bogard, T. & Hutchings, K. (2004). Facilitating Student Motivation -- A perfect fit for Instructional Technology. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3133-3136). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).